Mural Dedication, Valley Cities Jewish Community Center
, Van Nuys, 1964
I found the photo, above in the L.A. Public Library
photo archives. The caption reads "Mural at the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, was dedicated last weekend. Shown in front of the mural are, left to right, the artist, Joseph L. Young; Mrs. Kenneth Shore, Bert Gold, Mrs. Arthur Becker, actor, Herschel Bernardi, Milton Malkin."
I didn't really have a photo in mind to post today. My cousin, Jason, grew up in the San Fernando Valley and he always looks forward to my "Vintage Photo Fridays," so I thought I'd try to find a good Valley photo for him. I ran across the above photo and said to myself, "that's it!"
The Valley Cities Jewish Community Center closed in 2009. I believe that the building now houses The Help Group Autism Center Theater
. I wonder if Joseph Young's beautiful mural is still inside?
I've always been a fan of Joseph Young's artwork. I've written about his work in the past, here
. When I'm driving around the city, I try to see as many mosaics and murals that are visible from the street. Mr. Young's artwork is by far my favorite. I love his simplicity of line and richness of colors. He was indeed a master artist.
Joseph L. Young mosaic for the Los Angeles Police Facilities building (Parker Center) 1955. From American Artist, September 1955.
Young Mural @ Parker Center, March 2007
Young created murals, mosaics and sculptures at many civic areas across the country, religious buildings in addition to Downtown L.A.'s Triforium.
Los Angeles Triforium, Photo by Downtowngal
Have a wonderful weekend. As you're driving around your town, take a look at some of the public art. Let me know what you observe!
Labels: Architecture, Art, Los Angeles, Memories, Vintage Photos